I think that from time to time it is wise to do a self assessment about what you are spending time doing. So . .I'll do my best to be honest as well. I'd really enjoy to know how you feel about these questions pertaining to your own blog or what you feel about my answers. Let me know.
This is relatively easy. I had been told by my friend Flo that her niece who married and moved away had a blog and it was so nice being able to see what she was up to. This was Heidi from Nothing but blue sky. I started to read her blog and hers alone inspired me to start one.
2. Did you intend to be a blog with a following? If so how did you go about it?
No, I never thought that people out there would read my blog. I told a few friends that encouraged me by way of leaving a comment and I realized then how much fun it was to receive feedback for my efforts of communication. My friend Becky was a great encouragment and started her own blog shortly after I did.
I started to regularly leave comments on blogs that had encouraged me, and I suppose that is how one develops a readership.
3. What do you hope to achieve or accomplish with your blog? Have you been successful? If not do you have a plan to achieve these goals?
My initial goal was to start a new hobby, and to record my memories. I also wanted to investigate whether I enjoyed creative writing. I hoped to draw family members together. I also wanted to share my faith in a non threatening manner. Wow, I actually wanted to do quite a few things with this blog now that I look at it.
Have I been successful? Partly yes. I have really enjoyed writing. My mom kept a journal for most of her adult life and I felt I had a bit of catching up to do in recording my memories. It has been so much fun looking through old family albums remembering where pictures were taken. I have enjoyed sharing the stories with family.
I do feel that my faith is evident in what I write.
4. How has the focus of your blog changed since you started blogging? How?
I'm not sure that my focus has changed that much., I've only started blogging last fall so there hasn't been enough time to get off track.
If I'd have known that there were such encouraging words out there I would have started this sooner. My family (in particular Julie my cousin) has been such a joy to share this hobby with. We've been cousins my whole life and I've only now found out who she really is. My friends who leave a comment and those that tell me that they read what I say is just such a blessing. Sometimes it just overwhelms me at how loving that is. Even now, I feel a little misty writing it down. The other huge plus has been that I have met some truly wonderful people on line. I would have never thought it possible . .but it is.
As for negatives . .. I can't think of any.
6. Do you make money with your blog?
No, but my son Stuart told me I could. I thought that was sweet and funny. If I put adsense on my blog . . I'd need to start running around with quarters in my pocket to hand out every time I took someones picture. . . .Giggling now.
I agree with what Ellen said in her answer. I have actually saved money by running into town less to shop.
7. Does your immediate and extended family know about your blog? If so, do they read it? If not why?
Funny . . .Julie my cousin reads it and has now started her own blog. Lori, my niece by love reads it and has started her own blog. Natalie my niece by love reads it and has started her own blog and Gerry my brother reads it and has started his own blog. As for the others? My husband reads it on occasion and my kids . .some do. The rest of the family say that they do, I'm not sure . .. I don't know. Funny thing isn't it? I guess perhaps I've drawn some family in. I'd love more feedback because that is my personality and I'm learning that just because I want something doesn't mean its necessary. Many family members mention something they've read from time to time and I really appreciate that.
Part of what I feel the Lord is teaching me in all this is not to be so sensitive. (in a negative way). This has probably been one of my most difficult things in life, to not be so easily hurt. We all have our issues, this is mine.
I would tell them to blog for their own enjoyment and if they are encouraged along the way by others that is a bonus. You need to feel good about what you do and be able to laugh at yourself a bit. That is what I'm learning right now.
I would tell them to be mindful of peoples privacy. Not all people want to have their faces pasted on your blog. I try to ask for permission and am becoming more aware of peoples feelings. I have done some soul searching in this area.
I've learned so much in these last few months. Thank you to all who read my blog for being part of my journey. All of you have touched my life.
I would like to add that my friend Kathy left the very first comment . .she said that she looked forward to further entries. What a dear friend. She has continued to read and encourage and I thank her for it.
Well, I'm off for my 30 minute walk, have a wonderful day.